DIY Pest Control and When to Call a Specialist

November 5, 2018

Pests are one of the biggest fears of many Dubai property owners. Learning to understand the steps for proper pest control is an important skill that property owners should master early. Alternatively, learn what professionals to call for every situation. Below we outline some simple steps to help you handle pest control on your own. Also, we explain when it’s time to call in a professional.


Blocking entrances

One of the most effective ways to keep pests out of your property is to block as many of their entrances as possible. Whether you’re suffering from problems from mice, rats, termites, ants or anything else, cut off their way in and you’ll make their job a whole lot more difficult. Start by inspecting the foundation of your property for any notable holes or breaks in the flashing. Caulk these sections, apply flashing and seal up any entry points through your foundation. Be sure to check vents and drain pipes to be sure that they are sealed up with grates so that little pest can’t use them to get in.

two people wearing saftey gear standing on top of the roof looking for holes and pests

Look at your home’s siding and the trim around each of your windows and doors for signs of wear and damage. Seal up any holes or openings that you see in these areas as well. Climb up on your roof and carefully inspect the fascia and soffits for wear and openings to pests. This is often how birds and bats make their way into your home. Also look closely at the attic for any openings that may be present there and seal them up with caulk, flashing or grates depending on the size and placement of the hole.

Finish off this process by trying to locate the point-of-entry for existing pests that you have, so that you can effectively banish them from your home through some basic sealing techniques. This is one of the most important home improvement tasks you should complete for your rental property.


Using traps

Traps are a powerful tool not only to eliminate pests but to help you identify the source of the pests as well. Whether you are dealing with cockroaches, mice, rats or other pests, make sure that you set traps for them around your property. These traps, when checked often, will serve as warning indicators of a problem in specific areas of your home. Check your traps regularly to see if any pests are showing up in them. When you find a trap that’s loaded with pests, you know there is a source nearby that you need to seal up to protect your home.


Seal off any access points

man spraying pesticides inside at the edge of the room

When traps help you pinpoint a location where pests are getting into your property, immediately begin active pest control measures. That means start applying pesticides, additional traps, powders, foggers, and other solutions to remove the existing pests that you have in your space. You need to eradicate any pests in your property, and things like foggers can push them outside so that they aren’t in the space any longer. Once you go through some of these active measures you can take the time to seal up those potential entrances so the pests don’t come back through again.


When to call in a Dubai pest control pro

DIY pest control is an excellent way to save money when managing a property, but sometimes things are just too bad for you to handle them yourself and it’s important to work with a professional that can clear up the problem quickly. Below are the most important reasons to call in for professional help when you’re dealing with a pest control issue:

  • The pests keep coming back after you treat for them
  • You’re dealing with dangerous infestations like wasps, bees, or creatures in the walls of the structure
  • If you are concerned about avoiding the use of over-the-counter chemicals and treatments
  • Difficult issues to overcome such as bed bugs
  • When you have multiple units infested at the same time

When you run into one of the issues described above, it’s best to just work with a professional. More serious situations can be difficult to deal with on your own and you could end up making the problem worse, or not really fixing the problem at all while wasting a bunch of money in the process. Paying for a professional will help ensure that the problem is dealt with before it lowers your property’s value or the demand for it.

DIY pest control is complicated and often doesn’t go as smoothly as you want it to. That doesn’t mean that it’s not possible though. You just have to take your time and be thorough with how you treat your property for the pests that you’re dealing with. If you don’t want to deal with pest control professionals yourself, Blueground can help handle issues like this and other common rental problems for you. Contact our team today to learn how we can help you with renting out your Dubai apartment (and take care of rental issues like pest control).

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